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Dave Melcher Remarks at the 32nd Space Symposium

Thank you and good morning.  It is my pleasure to speak to you on behalf of America’s aerospace industry – an industry that includes established companies and new entrants – both of which are essential to our 21st century space ambitions. It’s an honor to follow Congressman Jim Bridenstine who has brought new energy and commitment to the space policy discussion on Capitol Hill. I’m also very pleased to be the warm up act for NASA’s leader, Administrator Charlie Bolden.  His pa...

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Aviation: A Key to Economic Prosperity

Aeronautics – the science of flight – is a cornerstone of economic prosperity and is critical to maintaining our national security and defense. Today’s aviation industry owes its successes to U.S.-led research and development efforts to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency of air travel. U.S. leadership in aerospace – specifically in aeronautics – has established the United States as the destination for students from around the world who seek to learn from the world’s le...

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Life Cycle Benefits of Collaborative MBSE Use for Early Requirements Development

AIA believes government and industry can realize significant benefits by increasing and improving collaborative government and industry use of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), especially during the early requirements definition phase. This white paper discusses the current state and benefits of MBSE across the entire life cycle and provides proposals for addressing such issues as MBSE Collaborative Framework, Government Data Rights, Intellectual Property, and Life Cycle Effectiveness with...

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NASA Aeronautics News Conference

Remarks by David F. Melcher, President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association Administrator Bolden, Associate Administrator Shin, thank you for the opportunity to be here today and good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.  As the representative of the Aerospace Industries Association, founded in 1919 by aviation pioneers Orville Wright and Glenn Curtiss, I’m delighted to join you in applauding NASA’s new ten year plan to significantly boost national investments in cutting edge aeronautic...

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Evolution and Opportunity

Since the Aerospace Industry Association’s 2013 report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned flight technology and platforms have continued to evolve in new and innovative ways. Small start-ups to major global corporations are establishing UAS-based aviation services and solutions, and there is continued growth projected for military UAS flights and orders. A cultural shift driven by consumer and commercial use is underway as well. Due to the increasing availability of low-co...

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AIA Powerplant Indications Task Team Report

The AIA Powerplant Indications Task Team was formed July 2001 in response to the FAA draft Harmonization Terms of Reference 25.1305. The team includes representation from several airframe manufacturers, engine manufacturers and regulatory agencies. The team has provided a series of recommendations for revsions of provisions in the Federal Aviation Regulations Certification Specifications. This report summarizes the team's activities.

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Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015

Remarks by David F. Melcher Good morning and thank you Michael for that very kind introduction.  In making up my schedule, I had the choice of staying in Washington and trying on our industry’s behalf to convince members of our United States Congress to break the current budget impasse.  Or, I could fly to Geneva, meet some of the world’s most dynamic aviation leaders, and participate in a vibrant dialogue about meaningful issues. And no, this was not a difficult choice. So on behalf...

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Wings of Liberty 2015

Remarks by David F. Melcher Good afternoon.  And welcome to a highlight of National Aerospace Week, AIA’s tribute to our 2015 Wings of Liberty Awardees.   For those of you new to this event, Wings of Liberty is our industry’s highest award given to a member or members of Congress who have made significant contributions to the strength of our industry.   Starting off, I’d like to thank Honeywell’s Vice President for Global Government Relations Rick Graber and the entire Honeywell ...

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Myth vs. Reality

The emergence of unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft systems for civil and commercial applications is among the most significant aviation advancements in decades. On almost a daily basis, new beneficial applications of this evolving technology are being demonstrated. While public perception of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been mixed, the public debate is changing as more system uses emerge that create personal and economic benefits for the general population.

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Remarks to International Aviation Club

Remarks to International Aviation Club EXCERPT FROM PREPARED REMARKS: Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Gerry, thank you for that very kind introduction and good afternoon.  It’s always great to join so many friends and colleagues at the start of a pivotal year for aviation. We’ve seen such pivot points before and what a huge difference they can make.  For example, last month, I joined many others in commemorating the seventieth anniversary of th...

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Industry Innovation and Government Oversight: An Effective Partnership for Safety in the Skies

Taken by any measure, aviation continues to top the list of the world’s safest forms of transportation. In terms of hours flown, number of passengers transported, and number of aircraft in the air – across commercial, general aviation and cargo sectors – the single most dangerous part about flying continues to be, in the words of one analyst, “driving to the airport." In total, the decades-long upward trend in aviation safety reflects not only technological advances, and the con...

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AIA 50th Annual Year-End Review and Forecast Luncheon

Year-End Review and Forecast EXCERPT FROM PREPARED REMARKS: Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA December 17, 2014 Good afternoon.  I’d like to thank Jennifer and the Communications Council for your great work this past year and congratulate Clif Berry for receiving the Lyman Award.  Clif, we appreciate your service to our country and your outstanding body of work on aerospace and defense history. My thanks also go out to L-3’s Chairman, President and CEO Michael Strianese for...

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